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  • Ease your dog into your running routine Aug 21, 2014 11:12 AM
    Now that vacation time is ending and more people are back home, we have a veritable parade of dogs and people passing by our window. Everyone is out walking or running with their dogs.

  • Vernon Hills skunks: Aug 20, 2014 5:21 PM
    Skunks are not an issue this season in Vernon Hills, according to Police Chief Mark Fleischhauer.

  • Bikers to take to roads for Hogs for Dogs September fundraiser Aug 18, 2014 2:46 PM
    Rev up your Harley, Honda, or any other vehicle for Heartland Animal Shelter’s eighth annual Hogs for Dogs (and Kitties Too) Charity Ride Sunday, September 7. Registration for the ride will start at 10:30 a.m. at Heartland Animal Shelter, 2975 Milwaukee Ave., in Northbrook.

  • Animals to visit library Aug 19, 2014 10:32 AM
    A fruit bat, a sloth and other unusual animals will visit the Vernon Area Public Library on Sept. 29 as part of a program for kids and adults.

  • Furry, feathered friends receive blessings in West Chicago Aug 16, 2014 2:07 PM
    West Chicago’s First United Methodist Church hosted it’s first Blessing of the Pets service Saturday morning. And you thought keeping a child entertained in church was rough. More than a dozen dogs, including the Rev. Timothy Mitchell’s two Small Munsterlander hunting dogs, two guinea pigs, some monarch caterpillars and a parakeet all received a special blessing and thanks for the joy they bring their owners. Some of them got treats for behaving in church.

  • Chicago gets high tech in hunting, killing rats Aug 16, 2014 4:28 PM
    A new program predicts where rodents will turn up in Chicago based on 311 complaints about things like overflowing trash bins, stray animals and vacant lots.

  • USDA issues guidelines for puppy imports Aug 15, 2014 6:06 PM
    Both the Humane Society and ASPCA said they routinely get calls from people who unwittingly bought a puppy mill dog from a foreign or U.S. breeder, only to have it die because its illnesses was too severe to overcome.It has been hard to track the number of puppies that are imported.

  • Study drops hints that dogs could get jealous Aug 15, 2014 6:00 AM
    When Shetland sheepdog Maggie comes home from the groomer, her owners praise and pet her shiny coat, much to the chagrin of pit bull Stormy, who will head-butt her until their family cuts out the compliments. “Stormy’s jealous,” said owner Amy Putnam. “You know how you’re supposed to treat your kids the same? Well, that goes for dogs, too.”

  • Activists confront diocese over pig wrestling Aug 14, 2014 8:06 PM
    Activists weren’t happy about a pig-wrestling fundraiser that a Green Bay-area church held, so they’re offering the bishop cash if he takes the pig’s place in the muddy pit. A Press-Gazette Media report says Steve Hindi made the offer Thursday. He’s the founder of an animal-protection group called SHARK. He presented the Green Bay diocese with a video of Sunday’s event. It showed one animal limping and others being dropped from a few feet. Hindi says pig wrestling amounts to animal cruelty. He brought thousands of dollars in cash and said Bishop David Ricken can have it if he and other event organizers take the pigs’ place. Diocese spokeswoman Justine Lodl says the church made sure the pigs were safe. Outagamie County deputies have said the event doesn’t constitute animal abuse.

  • Study explores sinister side of meerkats Aug 14, 2014 4:22 PM
    The recent study by a group of British and South African universities, as well as the Kalahari Meerkat Project in South Africa, builds on observations that dominant meerkats use violence to regulate breeding in their own group and to survive in tough, desert environments.

  • Make your cat carrier an extension of your home Aug 14, 2014 9:30 AM
    I like to believe all my felines have two houses each. The obvious first choice is the home I share with them. The second, not so obvious abode, is the cat carrier.

  • Ideas sought for new dog park: Aug 12, 2014 4:45 PM
    The Lake County Forest Preserve District is seeking public input on development of a new 40-acre off-leash dog exercise area at Waukegan Savanna Forest Preserve.

  • New Schaumburg dog park could run out of room fast Aug 12, 2014 5:23 AM
    A dog park more than two years in the making is set to open this fall in Schaumburg, but pet owners who want their dogs to enjoy the new facility should act soon or risk missing out, officials said Monday. The K-9 Dog Park, at 120 Remington Road, will be a leash-free, 6.5-acre space with features that include a large pond with a specially designed ramp to help the dogs get in and out of the water easily.

  • Owner: Puppy stolen from Naperville pet store Aug 9, 2014 11:19 PM
    A 3-month-old female boxer named Precious was taken from the Naperville Petland, the store's owner said Saturday. A man walked away with the puppy, while two women distracted the store's employees, owner Adam Stachowiak said.

  • Florida preserve brings wolves, people together Aug 9, 2014 6:00 AM
    At Seacrest Wolf Preserve in northern Florida, billed as the largest such facility in the Southeast, owners Cynthia and Wayne Watkins say they raise their wolves to become accustomed to humans — and for a $25 fee, they even let visitors mingle with a wolf pack. It lets wolves become ambassadors for their species, they say, and helps people become advocates for wolves.

  • Abandoned horses keep flooding overtaxed rescues Aug 8, 2014 6:01 AM
    Almost every horse rescue in the country is running out of room or money as they continue to be strained by an influx of abandoned equines, a trend that began during the recession. Although hundreds of nonprofits nationwide care for thousands of horses, resources are stretched thin. When the downturn started seven years ago, some owners got rid of their horses, many donors discontinued contributions to horse charities and adoptions plummeted.

  • Barking dogs need to be trained to stop the behavior Aug 7, 2014 12:02 PM
    With no rain in the forecast, moderate temperatures and a slight breeze, we have the windows open. It feels good to have fresh air and sunshine coming into the house. Sounds come in through the open windows too; birds singing, cars going down the street, lawn mowers, children playing and dogs barking.

  • Illinois researchers help declining turtle species Aug 5, 2014 5:41 PM
    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says it is taking steps to protect the state’s population of alligator snapping turtles.The largest freshwater turtle in North America is declining in Illinois due to channelization, levying and draining of floodplain wetlands.

  • Amtrak expands project that allows pets on trains Aug 5, 2014 6:07 AM
    Amtrak is making it easier for people to take their dogs and cats around Illinois. Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation have announced they are adding the Chicago-Champaign-Carbondale route of the Illini and Saluki trains to a pilot project that allows people to bring pets with them. Small pets have been allowed on the Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg trains between Chicago and Quincy since April. The project was set to run through November but instead it is being expanded and will continue until late April of next year. Those wishing to take pets must make advanced reservations and pay a $25 surcharge. Only animals weighing 20 pounds or less will be allowed to board and they must be in carriers.

  • Palatine business mediates who gets dog in divorces Aug 3, 2014 8:43 AM
    The letter of the law still says pets, like lamps and tables, are property to be owned, not sentient beings with rights. But experts in animal law say attitudes are changing.

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